Peru Mission Trip-Days 3 & 4

August 7, 2006 at 1:14 pm (Faith, Missions, My ramblings, Peru)

Wheelchair Ministry
Camino De Vida works with many municipalities in Peru to supply wheelchairs to those in need. They have donated over 30,000 wheelchairs so far and the number is climbing! We heard so many testimonies from the recipients. Some of them had not been able to leave their homes in years because they had no way to get around. In my mind, I had pictured only elderly men and women and maybe some accident victims who were unable to walk. I was not prepared to see infants and small children who needed them as well. Because of the poverty in the nation, many treatable diseases and conditions go untreated and the results are seen in a few the pictures here.
We went to several of the towns and met several mayors who are deeply indebted to Camino De Vida for their wheelchair ministry. Pastor Joey was able to share the Gospel at each wheelchair presentation and we saw many people accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
It was hard to watch the government officials who seemed more interested in the ‘politics’ of handing these out while we were interested in meeting not only physical needs but spiritual needs as well.
We watched the people’s faces as they were paraded around in new wheelchairs and how they were filmed so everyone could see how they are being helped by the government. Their faces looked down-trodden and sad and I wondered what they were thinking. After the presentations, our team was able to love on them and pray with them. We handed out tracts and told them about Jesus. As Pastor Joey put it, “There faces lit up when we were ministering to them.” They felt our love and the love of Jesus Christ when we hugged them and shared parts of our souls with them.
I John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.”

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